Direct to College is a new admission process that assures incoming freshman students who are admitted into the College of Engineering that they can pursue an engineering degree at the UW. The changes take effect for the incoming freshman class of 2018.

We are in the process of updating our website to reflect the changes. For details, see:

April 2017 announcement  Direct to College FAQ

Upper Admission

Who is eligible?

Upper Admission is for students who are currently enrolled at the UW and transfer students from other schools who have completed two or more years of college coursework.  Students admitted via Upper Admission will be guaranteed to be in A&A major courses.  Individuals are also encouraged to participate in departmental events and activities from day one.


To be considered for Upper Admission must have a minimum grade of 2.0 in each prerequisite course and an overall cumulative prerequisite GPA of 2.5 or higher is required.  In order to apply, fourteen (14) prerequisite courses must be completed:

* Please note that MATH 324 and A MATH 301 are not required to be completed in order to apply, however, at least one of these courses should be taken prior to Autumn Quarter of the Junior Year.   Both these courses need to be completed by the end of Autumn Quarter of the Junior Year.

Admission is competitive and meeting minimum requirements does not guaranteed admission into the program.  Upper Admission applicants must apply using the College of Engineering online application by the July 1 deadline.


What can I do to better prepare myself for Aeronautics & Astronautics?

We recommend that students make an academic plan that includes the fourteen (14) prerequisite courses required in order to apply.  Although not a prerequisite, it can also be helpful to participate in an A&A student organization or A&A research.  Participating in these hands-on activities can help a student explore as well as solidify whether or not Aeronautics & Astronautics is the right program for them.

I haven’t completed all the prerequisites required before the July 1 deadline.  Can I still apply?

If a student has completed at least 11 out of the 14 prerequisite courses before the July 1 deadline and have the remaining in progress (i.e., you are taking them during Summer Quarter), a student can still apply.  However, students who complete all 14 prerequisite courses before the deadline will receive priority.  For transfer students in this situation, individuals will not be penalized if their school does not offer one or more of the prerequisite courses and need to take them over Summer Quarter.

Do I need to take A&A major courses once accepted into the program?

Typically, yes.  The set of required A&A major courses are sequenced and must be taken in a particular order.  The first quarter set of sequenced courses only begin in Autumn Quarter.  Any student who would like to delay the start of their A&A major courses must receive written permission from the department before the quarter begins.